Murphy-Collins House (Murphy African American Museum)
This home was built in 1923 for the family of Will and Laura Murphy, leading members of Tuscaloosa' African American community. Laura was the principal of the 20th Street School and Murphy was a mortician who served the black community during the era of segregation. The city purchased the home from Sylvia Collins in 1986 and the home is currently operated as a community museum that preserves and shares the history of African Americans in the Tuscaloosa area. During the school year, the museum hosts school children with special programs about the long fight for civil rights in Alabama, as well as black heritage and culture.
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